Stunningly beautiful cinematography sweeps the viewer through this very funny, intelligent, and clever film that, on a macrocosmic level, skewers football and the corruption within it and, on a microcosmic level, uses it with a quirky, almost anthropological eye to highlight and play out the tensions and rivalries among communities as it borrows from Western and Musical genres. Best film about football so far!
Almost everything about this film is clever! The absurdism aptly stops at satire, rich B&W scenes drip of poetry, dialogues tauten the pace and deepen the story arc, characters' visceral performances grip, the drums and violins as the overall music selection heightens voyueristic intent. A comic football story set in Sardinia can mirror a 'cotton-wooled-in-its-quirk' society so beautiful that it feels universal!
Although I'm not a fan of sports films, I really liked aspects of this often satirical take on football. The sub-plots got in the way and at times I felt this was a little too disjointed. But the use of black & white was excellent, the central performances were great and the music selection and use were exceptional.
What is exceptional is how serious it takes itself for a film about a team in the lowest league in Italian Calcio. Right from the beginning it kicks off with a quote from Albert Camus about football. The exaggerated biblical references, solemn and graceful cinematography over black and white, memorable and beautifully created characters establish a very entertaining pace at a balance between comical and delightful.
Es una pelicula preciosa. Me ha recordado a Fellini y a esta gran capacidad del cine italiano para reirse de si mismos. Hay que verla mas de una vez para apreciar estas pequeños momentos de pura ironia. Gracias por hacer hacernos reir i pensar a la vez ¡ Ha sido un placer verla. Bravo ¡¡¡
Ainda que contenha alguns clichês como na relação romântica principal, esta comédia é divertidíssima ao abordar de maneira absurda o fanatismo com o esporte mais popular do mundo e suas ligações com a religião e a corrupção. Há inúmeras cenas de fazer gargalhar, com muito estilo na caracterização dos personagens, na ambientação, na fotografia de alto contraste e na trilha sonora apaixonante.
Amazing soundtrack, photography and camera movements. The plot and characters development could have been more consistent, but this movie stands firm upon solid themes and ideas: the suspension of the ordinary, chaos and law, morality. Full of citations and references to other movies and paintings (Blow up-like finale). Moreover, it faithfully delivers how sports are reflections of societal values.